Complete summary of Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Bone. in Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone. Allen Gee. Georgia College & State University. Bone ( ) is Fae Myenne Ng’s first novel, set largely in San. Francisco’s Chinatown. Fae Myenne Ng’s “Bone” is in this tradition. Its story of an old San Francisco couple and their three grown children gives a sense of the wildness.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Don’t have a Kindle? Aug 22, Vampire Who Baked rated it really liked it Shelves: Mah and Leon, her mother and stepfather, are immigrants who have struggled all their lives to survive. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Ng gives us an intimate portrait of a family living in San Francisco’s Chinatown, capturing what, to this reader, feels like completely authentic portraits of various members of the family, the differences of gender and generation and their roles in a complex Chinese community, all handled with admirable economy.

Buy the selected items together This item: Oldest daughter Leila tells the story: From Critical Thinking to Argument: The tenth day of the Chinese New Year. Feb 28, Aishe rated it really liked it Recommends it for: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

This family sustains the worst kind – the suicide of the middle daughter by jumping off a familiar building. I know people, like Leila who struggles under the weight of responsibilities, real and imagined, placed on her shoulders, and Nina, whose way of dealing with a crisis is to run away from it all and feel the full weight of the guilt afterwards, and realise that bereavement can never be avoided, it can only be postponed.

Solicitous and impatient, guilty and pluckily inquisitive by turns, Leila reveals herself as well as her story. Ffae author included some very moving and raw parts that were extremely well written. But Mah and Leon are rebels against their own choices as well. We learn relatively little about her or, for that matter, about her death.


A theme I initially found was the strong desire for the characters to maintain their family. I consider myself fse rather slow reader as I like to critique things and make notes, but this novel took me about 6 hours to finish.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It meanders, but in a good way. Fae Myenne Ng Comments: Her succinct descriptions of characters, events and locations paint a picture for readers, but at the same time, myehne for readers to draw on their own personal experiences to help them understand what myenbe taking place.

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Nina, more distant, is drawn with less detail and equal sharpness. I think this book, read in a deconstructionist lens, makes a lot of sense when deconstructing what “bones” are, as they signify the unending discovery of centers in our own lives.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I struggled a lot yes-hyperbole-but-you-know-what-I-mean about whether to rate it as three or four stars. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s and other magazines, and have been widely anthologized.

Bone – Fae Myenne Ng.

The type of book I can finish in one sitting! I know the taste of the dumplings from Great Eastern that they ordered for the funeral. And while I favor character-driven fiction over plot-driven, the characters do have to drive something. Customers who bought this item also bought.

The middle sister, Ona, kills herself by jumping from the myenme floor of a San Francisco housing development.

With Ona and Nina gone, it is up to Leila to lay the bones of the family’s collective guilt to rest, and find some way to hope again. He is closer to her than to his biological daughters. In this profoundly moving novel, Fae Myenne Ng takes readers into the hidden heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, to a world of family secrets, hidden shames, and the lost bones of a “paper father.


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Bone / Fae Myenne Ng

Goodreads helps you fa track of books you want to read. A profoundly moving journey into San Francisco’s Chinatown that is “brutal and poignant, dreamy and gritty, specific to its place and resonant in its implication about what it means to be an American. I also hoped she would talk more about China. The book’s strength and surprise, however, lie in its portraits of Mah and Leon.

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The author has some lovely language, but mostly it We read this as a book group selection this September ‘ One thing I found unique was how Ng allowed readers into some of the personal issues of the characters, ,yenne others she left to be private.

So was her unexpected agreement to go on a Hong Kong vacation with Nina shortly after Ona’s death, while Leon, the apparent freebooter, stays home to take care of things. Suppose after a lifetime of hard work, they’re still stuck in the same apartment in the same neighborhood they started out in. This is a beautifully written book.

Showing of 50 reviews. It is Jg and Leon, in fact, who are the real rebels. This book introduced a Chinese family living in America and having to face a horrifying tragedy of a family member committing suicide.

In so doing, she affords us a glimpse at a community that is truly foreign to us. The storyline is interesting. I did not find it distracting, but to each, his own.